The chilly temperatures on Thursday morning were more like autumn for students waiting at bus stops, and walkers who live near the school. It didn't matter though, as the Folger community was excited to be back "home" in their brand new building on Arundel Beach Road.
"We are absolutely glad to be back," chimed a group of Folger moms who had just walked their kids to Folger from North Cape Arthur, located down the street.
They all agreed that it was a welcome change to walk their children to school again. Folger was housed temporarily for almost two years at Chesapeake Middle School, off of Mountain Road in Pasadena while the construction of the took place on the original site. The work began in August 2010.
"The wait was well worth it, otherwise we wouldn't be here today," said Chris Myers, a Folger parent, whose child walks to school.
With no more commute down Mountain Road, the school day is shorter too.
D.J. Arbogast, 20, is Folger's crossing guard on Arundel Beach Road at the intersection of the entrances to North Cape Arthur and Fair Oaks where 75 people safely crossed Thursday morning.
"It's a good neighborhood," he said.
There will be an open house at Folger for the community on Wednesday at 7 p.m.